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Coming December 10 : Spoon - "Wild" 7"





Spoon have announced an independent retail exclusive this December 10 with the release of a 7” for “Wild,” a track off their forthcoming studio album, 'Lucifer On the Sofa', out February 11th, 2022. The flipside is a Dennis Bovell remix of the single. This 7” will be the only way to hear these songs this side of the year. Additionally Record Store Day is holding a contest to win one signed copy of the test pressing of this 7”. Head over to recordstoreday.com to enter.

“Wild” 7” Tracklist
A: “Wild”
B: “Wild" (Dennis Bovell Remix)

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Friday, December 31 ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin TX
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco's Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

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Spoon - "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)"





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Spoon has shared their take on The Beatles 1967 fan club single "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" for Spotify Singles: Holiday Edition 2021. The collection marks the fifth year of Spotify Singles: Holiday and includes a wide range of covers and originals, from artists across a myriad of genres, in hopes of connecting friends and family from afar as they listen. Recorded at Jim Eno’s Public HiFi studio in Austin, frontman Britt Daniel says about the track, “Recording ‘Christmas Time (Is Here Again)’ was a group effort that pulled us away from rehearsals and quickly sent us down a turbulent path of what you might call the Christmas spirit. And it’s our song with the most band members doing vocals ever - pretty sure I’m counting four. THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS IS OVER.”

Spoon recently announced the forthcoming release of their tenth studio album, Lucifer On the Sofa, out February 11th, 2022. The album was co-produced by Spoon and Mark Rankin (Adele, Queens of the Stone Age) and features contributions from Dave Fridmann and Justin Raisen. It’s the band’s purest rock ’n roll record to date. Texas-made, it is the first set of songs that the quintet has put to tape in its hometown of Austin in more than a decade and bottles the physical thrill of a band tearing up a packed room. It’s an album of intensity and intimacy, where the music’s harshest edges feel as vivid as the directions quietly murmured into the mic on the first take.  According to frontman Britt Daniel, “It’s the sound of classic rock as written by a guy who never did get Eric Clapton.”

Spoon on Tour
Friday, December 31 ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin TX
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

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Spoon - 'Lucifer On The Sofa' coming February 11, 2022





"The Hardest Cut"



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Spoon’s tenth album, 'Lucifer on the Sofa', is the band’s purest rock ’n roll record to date. Texas-made, it is the first set of songs that the quintet has put to tape in its hometown of Austin in more than a decade.

'Lucifer on the Sofa' bottles the physical thrill of a band tearing up a packed room. It’s an album of intensity and intimacy, where the music’s harshest edges feel as vivid as the directions quietly murmured into the mic on the first take. According to frontman Britt Daniel, “It’s the sound of classic rock as written by a guy who never did get Eric Clapton.”

Today the band released the first single “The Hardest Cut”. Heavy on scorch and bite and anchored by detuned guitars, “The Hardest Cut” was the first song written by Daniel, who co-wrote the tune with Alex Fischel, for the new album. “I spent a lot of 2018 and 2019 listening to ZZ Top,” Daniel explains.

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'Lucifer on the Sofa' will be released on February 11, 2022. The album was co-produced by Spoon and Mark Rankin (Adele, Queens of the Stone Age) and features contributions from Dave Fridmann and Justin Raisen.

The album’s artwork was created by renowned artist Edel Rodriguez, beautifully laid out in a vinyl format that will be featured in multiple color variants, including an exclusive opaque orange and black pattern available at www.spoontheband.com and matadorrecords.com



(photo : Andreas Neumann)

Tonight & tomorrow, fans around the world will be able to experience “The Hardest Cut” and additional songs from the new album alongside Spoon’s full catalog of hits, by tuning into BACK TO THE LIFE //LIVE FROM LOS ANGELES. Directed by Andreas Neumann from the Teragram in Los Angeles, this show expertly captures the frenetic energy one will always find at a Spoon gig. Available for global viewing via Moment House.

(viewing times : America: Thu Oct 28 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
EU / UK / Africa: Oct 29 at 6pm BST.
Asia / AU / NZ: Oct 29 at 6pm JST)









Lucifer on the Sofa Tracklist
01. Held
02. The Hardest Cut
03. The Devil & Mister Jones
04. Wild
05. My Babe
06. Feels Alright
07. On The Radio
08. Astral Jacket
09. Satellite
10. Lucifer On The Sofa

Spoon on tour :
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January 17-22, 2022 Wilco's Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

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Spoon’s tenth album, Lucifer on the Sofa, is the band’s purest rock ’n roll record to date. Texas-made, it is the first set of songs that the quintet has put to tape in its hometown of Austin in more than a decade. Written and recorded over the last two years – both in and out of lockdown – these songs mark a shift toward something louder, wilder, and more full-color.

From the detuned guitars anchoring “The Hardest Cut,” to the urgency of “Wild," to the band’s blown-out cover of the Smog classic “Held,” 'Lucifer on the Sofa' bottles the physical thrill of a band tearing up a packed room. It’s an album of intensity and intimacy, where the music’s harshest edges feel as vivid as the directions quietly murmured into the mic on the first-take. According to frontman Britt Daniel, “It’s the sound of classic rock as written by a guy who never did get Eric Clapton.”

While Spoon’s last album, 'Hot Thoughts' (2017), bristled with drum machines, synths, and astral moods, the nonstop touring that followed in its wake tugged the band back toward a stripped-down sound. “I liked where we’d gone on Hot Thoughts – it had a specific style and it covered new ground for us – but we kept noticing on the road that the live versions of the songs were beating the album versions,” says Daniel. “And it got us thinking: The best rock music is not about dialing in the right patches and triggering samples. It’s about what happens in a room.”

It took some relocating. In fall of 2019, Daniel moved back to Austin from Los Angeles. A month later, guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel followed him with a car full of gear. The move to Texas added up for a lot of reasons: Daniel was born and grew up there, and his family never left. Drummer Jim Eno has his Public Hi-Fi studio in Austin, which allowed the band the luxury of recording at whatever pace they liked. Above all, regrouping in Austin would help the band break with the sound and the feeling of the last few Spoon albums.

That return felt like less of a homecoming than a jolt to the system. Here was an opportunity to write amidst the creative lawlessness that inspired Daniel to make music in the first place — a city where everything from outlaw country to psychedelic punk have long co-mingled at honky-tonks, house shows and backyard barbecues.

“We wanted to make a record where we could experience and draw from a scene,” says Daniel. “Where Alex and I could write all day, then go out and see Dale Watson at the Continental, then come back home and write some more.”

That scene would yield everything from the scorch and bite of “The Hardest Cut,” the first song written by Daniel and Fischel after returning to Texas, (“I spent a lot of 2018 and 2019 listening to ZZ Top,” Daniel explains), to the gentle dizziness of “Astral Jacket,” a ballad tracked after a night out at the now-shuttered Austin nightspot, Stay Gold. Bathed in atmosphere, it’s the sound of coming down – meandering Wurlitzer, brushed drums, and the thump of a timpani suspended in predawn stillness.

Working alongside producer/engineer Mark Rankin (Adele, Queens of the Stone Age) – and with contributions from Dave Fridmann and Justin Raisen – the band’s strategy was straightforward. “I’d come in with a couple new songs and instead of piecing it together like we did the last one, we said ‘Let's rehearse it’,” Daniel says. “Let’s play it in this room over and over til it becomes something. And let’s just do it with as few instruments as we can.”

Halfway through the recording process, the pandemic hit. The studio shut down, but Daniel continued writing. “There are songs I wrote last spring [of 2020] that I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise,” he says. “It was that first-of-its-kind moment."

The album’s title track snapshots a late night walk through downtown Austin during shutdown, steeped in the eerie dissonance of isolation and intimacy. Daniel explains: “I didn’t know where that image came from but it felt right, this idea of Satan sitting with me on my couch, staring at me. But after the song was written I figured out that the Lucifer on the sofa is the worst you can become – the bitterness, or lack of motivation or desperation that keeps you down and makes you do nothing or self-indulge. So it’s a song about the battle between yourself and that character you can become, the conflict being played out through a long night walk through downtown Austin.”

It’s also the song where the colors change, the lights turn down and the rules of the record go out the window, the way last songs on a record sometimes do. "It was always gonna be the last song. It wouldn’t have fit anywhere else,” says Daniel.

When the band reconvened in October, Daniel had a new batch of songs, and a fresh sense of momentum. “It’s certainly something we didn't take for granted, that feeling of being in a room with each other,” Daniel says. “That moment was a once in a lifetime kind of feeling.”

'Lucifer on the Sofa' is the sound of that moment, a record of defiant optimism, the sound of a band cracking things open and letting them spill out onstage. At a time fraught with uncertainty, it’s shutting the door on the devil you know and never looking back. - Andrea Domanick

Spoon - "Back To The Life / Live From Los Angeles" Livestream



Tonight, Spoon will perform a sold out surprise show at the Teragram in Los Angeles. Following their show at the Hollywood Bowl with St. Vincent last Friday night, the instant sell-out marks Spoon’s first club show in Los Angeles in many years. Wanting to give fans who couldn’t get a ticket - both in Los Angeles and around the world - a chance to see this special event, Spoon are presenting the live concert event “Back to Life // Live From Los Angeles” on October 28 and 29 via the social live media platform Moment House. Tickets are onsale now for $15 and are available here and will feature exclusive merch bundles available with purchase. The concert will air on October 28 at 6pm PT in North and South America. In Asia, Australia and New Zealand it airs at 6pm JST on October 29 and in Europe, the UK and Africa at 6pm BST on the 29th.

Spoon’s set will cull from their entire catalog but they will also be debuting some brand new songs from the Austin recording sessions the band undertook over the last couple of years, of which Britt Daniel told Rolling Stone drew from the strength of the band’s live show ““My thought was to take that energy and make a record with it.”

Spoon on tour :
Sunday, October 17 Higher Ground, Burlington VT *
Monday, October 18 State Theatre, Portland ME *
Tuesday, October 19 The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie NY *
Thursday, October 21 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY *
Saturday, October 23 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Sunday, October 24 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ *
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco's Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

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Spoon - Summer/Fall 2021 U.S. Tour Announcement



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Stream Spoon's covers of Tom Petty's "Breakdown" / "A Face in the Crowd"

Spoon have announced new headlining shows that will bring them back to the stage for the first time since 2019, including dates in the Northeast, Colorado, Iowa and North Dakota. A list of all upcoming Spoon performances, including a recently-announced West Coast run with St. Vincent, is below. Dates in bold below are on sale Friday at 10am local time.



Spoon on Tour
Friday, September 3 Ogden Twilight Series, Ogden UT
Saturday, September 4 Belly Up Aspen, Aspen CO *
Sunday, September 5 Belly Up Aspen, Aspen CO *
Tuesday, September 7 Boulder Theater, Boulder CO *
Thursday, September 9 Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines IA *
Friday, September 10 Fargo Brewing, Fargo ND *
Wednesday, September 22 Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles CA @
Thursday, September 23 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA @
Friday, September 24 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA @
Saturday, September 25 Ohana Fest 2021, Dana Point CA
Sunday, October 17 Higher Ground, Burlington VT *
Monday, October 18 State Theatre, Portland ME *
Tuesday, October 19 The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie NY *
Thursday, October 21 The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester NY *
Saturday, October 23 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY *
Sunday, October 24 White Eagle Hall, Jersey City NJ *
January 17-22, 2022 Wilco's Sky Blue Sky 2022, Riviera Maya MX

* w/ Nicole Atkins
@ w/ St. Vincent

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Spoon - 'Telephono' 25th Anniversary, 25% Off Sale



today marks the 25th anniversary of Spoon’s debut album, ‘Telephono’.

Grab it on your format of choice for 25% off now thru Sunday night.

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Spoon - "The Way We Get By", featured on "Shameless" Series FInale, 'Kill The Moonlight', 25% Off Sale



To celebrate the exceedingly prominent placement of Spoon’s “The Way We Get By” (as rendered by the show’s cast) in last night’s series finale of Showime’s ‘Shameless’, ‘Kill The Moonlight’ is on sale for 25% off the LP and CD versions now thru Friday the 17th.





"The Way We Get By", directed by Steve Hanft


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Spoon - "Breakdown" / "A Face In The Crowd" (Live)



Out today, Spoon has released live recordings of two Tom Petty covers, "Breakdown" and "A Face in the Crowd" captured last October at The Catacomb in Austin TX.

Both songs are available to stream / purchase through the link HERE.





Video captured by Peter Simonite, Scott Cremeens & Chris Rusch, edited by Sabrina Nichols. Audio recorded by Britt Daniel and mixed by Jim Eno.

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Spoon - "Lines in the Suit - 30 Minutes Old (1999 Home Demo)"





The #GirlsCanTell 20th anniversary week marches on with this recently re-unearthed rarity, the accurately-named "Lines In The Suit - 30 Minutes Old (1999 Home Demo)." Streaming now for the first time: #matadorrevisionisthistory

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The 20th Anniversary of Spoon's 'Girls Can Tell'



“Girls Can Tell was the Hail Mary pass that absolutely no one thought was gonna find a receiver. It was the record where the colors changed, trains collided, and suddenly we sounded a lot more like us than we’d ever sounded before. At the time it felt like a last chance and it also felt like the last gasp of youth, which seems a little funny now considering how shaped it was by oldies radio, the Supremes, the Kinks, and Eleanor Friedberger's cassette of Get Happy. The big idea behind Girls Can Tell was to take stock of the band’s MO from inception until that point, to carefully consider all the things we’d been trying to do and the way we'd been doing them, and then set out specifically to avoid all of it. To instead come up with some new songs that were actually about where I was at and how I was feeling! Songs that knew no cool rules. Songs that cried themselves to sleep at night and got up and shook themselves by the collar the next morning. It was the record that sorted out how much fight we had left in us. It came out February 20, 2001.”

“And now here’s the #GirlsCanTell Deluxe Playlist - all the tracks from the album plus songs I was obsessed with and forcing on my bandmates at the time. It’s possible you'll notice some hints of You’re Lookin Fine in The Fitted Shirt, or some very similar opening lyrics in Possession and Anything You Want, or some amateur stabs at the Supremes’ rhythm section on Take The Fifth. All liberally borrowed when we needed it most, now gratefully returned via the digital sea.” — BD

 


Get 25% off Spoon's 'Girls Can Tell' now thru Friday, February 26.

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Coming March 26 - Spoon - 'Gimme Fiction' Limited Red/White Vinyl / "The Best Of Spoon at Austin City Limits", This Saturday



On Friday, March 26, we're releasing a red/white vinyl edition of Spoon's 5th album, 2005's 'Gimme Fiction'.  Stream/preorder here.

This Saturday night, January 30th, catch "The Best Of Spoon at Austin City Limits"on your local PBS outlet.

"Austin City Limits has always been good to us, going back to when I was served underage beers in the old UT studios at the Stevie Ray Vaughan taping of 1989. We’ve played the show four different times now, and it never feels less than epic to be on stage with that set of the Austin skyline."
-Britt Daniel



Gimme Fiction Tracklist
01 The Beast And Dragon, Adored
02 The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine
03 I Turn My Camera On
04 My Mathematical Mind
05 The Delicate Place
06 Sister Jack
07 I Summon You
08 The Infinite Pet
09 Was It You?
10 They Never Got You
11 Merchants of Soul

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Spoon - "Gimme Fiction," "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," "Transference" Reissues Out Today







Available everywhere today: Reissues of Spoon's "Gimme Fiction," "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," and "Transference." Purchase/Stream Spoon catalog classics HERE.

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Spoon - "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)"



Spoon has released a new track "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)" available exclusively on Bandcamp. A new take on "Rainy Taxi" from the 2014 LP They Want My Soul, the single was recorded remotely in May 2020 by Spoon's Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel in Austin TX and Los Angeles CA respectively.



During Bandcamp's 24 hour fee-waiving period today (Midnight PST Fri Sep 4 to Midnight PST Sat Sep 5) Spoon and Matador will donate all proceeds earned from the "Rainy Taxi (Big Beat)" single to Austin Community Foundation.

The premiere of the new track coincides with the release of Spoon's full discography on Bandcamp.

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Coming Saturday, August 29 : Spoon - 'All The Weird Kids Up Front: Más Rolas Chidas'



Way too long ago we held a contest challenging you to create an alternate ‘Best of Spoon’ album as a playlist, with the winner being decided by number of followers. After an endless delay (THANKS, GLOBAL PANDEMIC), the winning playlist has been pressed as a limited edition LP ; ‘All The Weird Kids Up Front (Ma?s Rolas Chidas),’ available for the first time this weekend at independent record stores as part of Record Store Day Drops. Find out how to get yours here. #RSD2020

As we count down to Saturday, the second runner-up, Blair's #MyBestOfSpoon, is available for your listening pleasure here.

Tracklist, assembled by Jason Jezek
01 The Fitted Shirt
02 Don't Make Me a Target
03 The Beast and Dragon, Adored
04 Is Love Forever?
05 I Summon You
06 Out Go the Lights
07 Who Makes Your Money
08 The Ghost of You Lingers
09 Paper Tiger
10 WhisperI'lllistentohearit
11 Tear It Down
12 New York Kiss

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Spoon - 'A Series Of Sneaks', 'Girls Can Tell', 'Kill The Moonlight' Reissues Out Today







Reissues of Spoon's 'A Series Of Sneaks' (1998), 'Girls Can Tell' (2001) and 'Kill The Moonlight' (2003) are available today on LP/CD and all digital formats.

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In addition, KEXP’s Cheryl Waters is marking the 'Slay On Cue' reissue campaign during her Midday Show, today Friday, August 14. Tune into KEXP at 12pm pacific / 3pm eastern for live recordings of songs from 'Transference', 'A Series of Sneaks' and 'Kill the Moonlight'

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Spoon - 'Telephono' & 'Soft Effects' reissues out today, Britt Daniel AMA at 1pm







Spoon - "Not Turning Off" (directed by Brett Vapnek, 1996), from 'Telephono')

our reissues of Spoon's 'Telephono' and 'Soft Effects' are available today



badger Britt Daniel in a Reddit AMA on r/Music today at 1pm EDT at reddit.com/r/music

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VIDEO : Spoon - "Small Stakes"

 



Monday's announcement of the Spoon 'Slay On Cue' reissue series was accompanied by a restored and remastered video for the 'Kill The Moonlight' classic 'Small Stakes’, developed from the original 8mm film. “It’s a little glimpse into life in the studio in 2002 during the recording of 'Kill The Moonlight', filmed by our friend Peter Simonite”, says Britt Daniel.

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Slay On Cue : Spoon Reissue Series


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Announcing "Slay on Cue” a new series of reissues from Spoon including their 1996 debut album 'Telephono' and the 1997 'Soft Effects EP'. Along with standard black vinyl and CD versions of each album, Soft Effects has also been pressed into two editions of blue and red vinyl, featuring stamp-numbered silkscreened covers sourced from the original artwork, limited to 500 copies of each worldwide. Available July 24th.
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Spoon - "Text Later"



Previously issued on a 2002 split 7” with Swearing At Motorists (Super Asbestos), Spoon’s “Text Later” is now available to stream or download.






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Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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Spoon - "Is This The Last Time" (Demo)






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continuing Spoon's vault-plundering series of rarity-unleashing, here's a demo version of 2002's b-side "Is This The Last Time", now available for streaming or download.

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Spoon on tour :
Wednesday, December 4th McMenamins Christal Ballroom, Portland OR
Thursday, December 5th Knitting Factory Boise, Boise ID
Saturday, December 7 Intersect, Las Vegas NV

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